Eyes are the most neglected body part, while most of us already have glasses or contact lenses, we hardly make an effort to take care of our eyes. Here are a few tips for eye and vision care, which when practiced may help you maintaineye health.
As far as possible, try to maintain a reading distance of not less than 30 cms from the eye.
It is always advised to take a break to rest (5 -10 mins) in between reading. One can also relax the eyes by looking at a distant object 6 metres away.
Never hold sharp/pointed objects close to the eyes as they may cause irreversible damage to your eyes.
Always use protective goggles while handling chemicals, be careful not to bring them in contact with your eyes.
When exposed to ultra violet rays in the working place, use safety glasses to avoid its harmful effect.
Never read in dim lighting as this may cause eye strain.
Avoid reading while in motion as this may cause motion sickness (in a moving train or bus).
Always follow the instructions of your optometrist in using glasses or contact lenses.
Always try to watch TV from a distance of 6 to 10 feet.
While working with reflecting surfaces like computer terminals, use anti-reflection coated glasses to avoid glare and eye strain.
While riding/driving use protective spectacles/sunglasses as there is a risk of a foreign body such as grit or even a flying insect that could enter your eye.
While driving always use a separate pair of prescription protective/sunglasses.
Always use polarised lenses to cut reflected glare. Normal sunglasses will reduce the intensity of the sunlight.
Always use anti-reflective coated lenses to increase the clarity of vision.
Control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Protect your eyes from UV light by wearing sunglasses that screen 99-100 per cent of ultraviolet A and B rays.
Eat a low-fat diet filled with green, leafy vegetables rich in carotenoids.
Get your eyes checked once a year by your Optometrist/Ophthalmologist even in the absence of an eye problem. Be sure to visit your Optometrist/Ophthalmologist regularly for a thorough eye examination. It is a good way to monitor your eye health, maintain good vision and stay up to date with new advances.
The principal danger is in the form of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation is a component of solar energy and artificial sources such as weilding machines and lasers.